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My geographically separated family are currently searching real estate pages
for a house.

Using php I have set up a mysql database that we can enter urls of
interesting houses into so we can then all look at them.
To do this we need to have two browser windows open, one on the real estate
site and a smaller one below it on my php page.
To enter a url into the database means copying it from the real estate page
window and pasting it into an input box on the php page.
To view the real estate pages means doing the same in reverse - copying from
a list generated from the database and pasting it into the real estate
(I have found this better than clicking on a link in that list to go to the
real estate site and then having to use the browser navigation to get back
to the php page and then click on another link)
It strikes me there has to be a smoother way of doing it.

I would welcome any suggestions (using frames if necessary) as to how I
could streamline the process I have outlined above.
There are two tasks I need to accomplish:
 1. save the url to the database
 2. view a url stored in the database

Ideally I would like to see a fully surfable real estate window (or frame)
above a smaller database window such that by clicking buttons within the
database window I could add the real estate url to the database when I come
across an interesting one, or by clicking on a link in the database window
open a page in the real estate window.
(By "fully surfable" I mean it is not just a matter of displaying the
contents of  a real estate site within a second frame. I would like to be
able to surf through the site and/or go to other sites and so need an
independent address bar that does not take me away from the database page to
be able to do this)


Re: surfing other sites within a page

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There is a free service on the internet you could use called furl here's the
details :

Below is an explanation I copied and pasted from their site:

Furl is a free service that saves a personal copy of any page you find on
the Web, and lets you find it again instantly by searching your archive of
pages. It's your Personal Web.
Furl offers the best ways to share the content you find on the Web, and
recommends new Web pages that may interest you. You can also search Furl to
find the best sites that other people are saving.

Furl is used for many purposes by many types of people. For travel planning.
Recipe sharing. House-hunting. Medical research. Thousands of people use
Furl every day to save, share and discover information that is important to

All the best,

Re: surfing other sites within a page

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Thanks for this Linda.  Furl is good at storing the urls but I have a
problem with it in that you need to click through a couple of links to get
to the page you have stored. On balance it is no more efficient than what I
have set up myself..

Re: surfing other sites within a page

On Tue, 1 Feb 2005 10:50:27 +1300 Bill wrote:

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What you need is a two column layout.
Left column for the menu. Right column with an iframe.
Or go full frames.
Link the choices to the target frame and away you go.

Re: surfing other sites within a page

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Thank you Richard. Frames would make a neat solution.  I specified that the
right frame must be "surfable" so can you please tell me how I can display,
(or the left frame can obtain,)  the url of  any page surfed to in the right


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